Mirror, Mirror Focus Small
Researchers move closer to imaging atomic-scale structures using ultraprecise mirrors and X-ray free-electron lasers
Lauren Robertson | | Quick Read
X-rays have been allowing spectroscopists to “see the invisible” for the last 100 years. During the last few decades, synchrotron radiation sources have enabled great advances in a number of disciplines – but they have their limits. To study atomic processes, X-ray lasers with a large number of photons must be focused at the width of an atom. And that’s where X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) come in.
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